Our family doesn’t live in the city so we don’t frequent the St. Lawrence Market in downtown Toronto to buy their fresh meats and produce. We actually go there to eat lunch and buy some yummy goodies to take home. My main goal of heading down there every time is to buy some good cheeses. But along the way, we always end up buying a lot more than we planned for.
Alex Farm Products
I call Alex Farm Products cheese pushers because my aim is to buy one or two types of cheese but I always end up with five 😉 . I usually ask for strong cheeses because that’s what I like. The cheesemonger shaves off the different variety of cheeses and lets us sample them. This time he even gave us samples of soft cheeses, which I normally don’t get, and I ended up loving them! It’s like he can read my mind and knows what I like. I brought the cheeses home hoping the boys would try them. Of course they didn’t even try any of them. It was my toddler girl who ate every piece of cheese I gave her, even the stinky ones – she even asked for more! Maybe girls have a more sophisticated palette 😉 .
Scheffler’s Delicatessen & Cheese
I remember having homemade prosciutto at a friend’s house and it was so delicious that I was tempted to make my own. Since I am not planning to cure a pork leg to make prosciutto anytime soon, I have to get my prosciutto fix at Scheffler’s Delicatessen & Cheese. I’m not sure if it’s the best place to get prosciutto at the Market but it’s definitely the most visible. They were super friendly and helpful and I ended up buying some pancetta and olives as well.
Buster’s Sea Cove
Every time we head down to St. Lawrence Market, we always head to Buster’s Sea Cove for lunch because the boys love seafood. We sat by the bar area while waiting for our food. I told the boys to watch the chef cook and learn some tips because they say they want to open a food truck when they grow up. The chef was super friendly and was chatting with the boys and he ended up adding some sauteed olives and red pepper topping to our grilled halibut. How nice!
Grilled Calamari with Fries – The boys’ favourite! Fresh and flavourful calamari. Perfectly cooked.
Grilled Halibut with Salad – Big pieces of grilled halibut also cooked perfectly. The salad and coleslaw were equally as good.
Clam Chowder – My favourite! Creamy with chunks of clam – delicious! Even the boys loved it. (They usually don’t have clam chowder. They must’ve been really hungry!
Another eatery that we never miss is Uno Mustachio for their famous Italian sandwiches. I didn’t know the place was called Uno Mustachio. We always refer it as the big Italian sandwich place downstairs. Even if we are too full to eat there, we usually buy one or two sandwiches to take home. You can never go wrong with the Veal Eggplant Parmagiano sandwich. If you can’t decide, check out their menu first before heading there because it can get overwhelming with so many options.
Another must-go-to place while we are at the Market—Stonemill Bakery. Get there early because they sell out by late afternoon.
Italian Roasted Garlic Bread – The best bread ever! This bread makes the best croutons if you end up having any leftovers.
White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookie and Chocolate Cookie with White Chocolate Chips – Chewy and soft.
Double Chocolate Croissant and Almond Croissant – Flaky with the perfect amount of filling.
If you know my husband, you know he’s a dessert lover. I thought the cookies and croissants were enough but he had to buy more to take home. We saw some delicious treats at Eve’s Temptations and of course we had to buy some. Here are the five desserts we got: Key Lime Chocolate Pie, Chocolate Peanut Butter Square, Lemon Square, Rum Ball, German Brownie and Peanut Butter Brownie.
St. Lawrence Market is definitely a Memorable Place to visit for us. I remember going with just my husband before we had kids. Now bring the kids with us to these outings. They enjoy sampling the food as much as we do.
This concludes our outing to the St. Lawrence Market. We didn’t even hit the other food places we normally go to like the peameal bacon sandwich place and the Portuguese tart place. We’ll have to go back to the Market again soon to eat and explore some more!